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Education On-Grounds Interpretation Internship

The Indianapolis Zoo's Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for current college students to become actively involved in the Zoo's conservation, research, education and recreation efforts. Interns can enhance their knowledge and experience in various animal care and administrative roles. 
Zoo Internships are open to current college students – who are at least at entering their sophomore year – enrolled in a four-year degree program. Interns serve 20-40 hours per week for 12 consecutive weeks. Positions are experience-based and are therefore unpaid. The Zoo can provide information to assist with your housing and transportation search.
Education On-Grounds Interpretation Internship

On-grounds interpretation interns take part in guest experiences on grounds, such as animal chats, informal interpretation in the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center and roving throughout the Zoo, as well as participate in day-to-day preparation and organization of experiences and assist with creating programming.

Duties and Responsibilities: 
-Support the Zoo’s mission of protecting nature and inspiring people to care for our world.
-Assist in administration of variety of interpretive experiences, such as: Animal Chats, Dolphin Shows, informal interpretation in the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center and roving throughout the Zoo.
-Assist with designing new ways to enhance guest experiences.
-Communicate with Interpretation Manager regularly to ensure goals and objectives are being met within the allocated time frame.
-Assist Interpretation Manager and other Interpretive staff with a variety of duties to support the department such as answering phone calls, responding to emails, preparing materials for presentations, assisting as needed with the Naturalist program, helping organize department materials for the busy summer season, etc.
To apply, please submit the Fall Session Application form, along with a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation and a current (official or unofficial) transcript; July 10 is the deadline to apply. Please visit our website at for more information.
The Indianapolis Zoo protects nature and inspires people to care for our world. The Zoo is a world-renowned facility and the first to be accredited as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanical garden by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. Home to nearly 1,600 animals and 23,000 plants, including many threatened and endangered species, the Indianapolis Zoo is the largest zoo in the United States that receives no direct tax support.